The Center and UNC-TV provide facts on candidates and voting for Asheville, Cary, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Durham, Fayetteville, Greenville, Greensboro, Raleigh, Wilmington and Winston-Salem.
The Center and the Town of Cary present this six-part series featuring candidates for Cary Town Council At-Large, District A and District C, along with Wake School Board Districts 2, 7 and 9.
VoterRadio.com, the Center's online radio station, brings you exclusive video coverage of Charlotte candidate forums for mayor, city council and school board.
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Oct. 1, 2009
Center Gives N.C. Voters In-Depth Coverage of ‘09 Local Elections
In the midst of an historic presidential contest and tight races for the governor’s mansion and U.S. Senate, North Carolina set record-high turnout in last year’s election. Yet, less than 12 months after that much-buzzed-about election season, many state voters are much less aware of pivotal local elections in 2009.
Though local elections may lack the pizzazz of contests for the Oval Office, they deal with such vital issues as the quality of water resources, road and schools. Mathematically, the ballots of voters will never carry as much weight as they do in local elections.
However, these local contests for school board and city council sometimes suffer from a drought of coverage, which could have dire implications for voter participation. Research by the N.C. Center for Voter Education shows that the No. 1 reason why Tar Heel voters don’t go to the polls is not due to apathy, but rather because they don’t have enough facts about the candidates to cast a confident ballot.
In order to empower North Carolina voters with the facts on the candidates, the N.C. Center for Voter Education is partnering with several organizations throughout the state to bring voters in-depth coverage of their local elections.
The Center has partnered once again with UNC-TV to produce an online voter guide for 11 communities across the state. Available at www.NCVoterGuide.org, the guide features candidate profiles and audio statements, along with information on voting.
The Center has also been selected by the Town of Cary for the second-straight election cycle to serve as manager of the Cary Community Candidate Forum, with citizens posing questions to contenders for Town Council and Wake School Board. The forum will run on Cary’s TV-11 during the weeks for the town’s Oct. 6 Election Day.
Also, the Center is working with Kids Voting Mecklenburg to bring Charlotte voters in-depth video coverage of a debate between the city’s two mayoral candidates, Democrat Anthony Foxx and Republican John Lassiter, along with a forum featuring candidates for Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board. The Center is also parterning with Generation Engage and the Urban League Young Professionals to provide video coverage of the Charlotte City Council At-Large Candidate Forum at UNC-Charlotte.
All three forums can be seen in their entirety at the Center’s online radio station, VoterRadio.com/charlotte.
“Our right to vote is gift, the price for which is still being paid by patriots at home and abroad. If we are to honor that gift, we must exercise it -- not only in a ballyhooed presidential contest, but also in local elections with much less fanfare, yet just as much at stake,” says Damon Circosta, executive director of the N.C. Center for Voter Education. “We hope that by working with our partners throughout North Carolina, we can empower voters with the facts they need to cast a confident ballot in their local elections.”